Some of the leading researches in the area of macular degeneration (AMD) are finding that Macuhealth seems to be one of the most promising advances in the area of prevention, and-or reducing its impact before it becomes advanced. It is best taken when there is only mild to moderate AMD, and may not work as well for the advanced forms. It is also our best bet for prevention.
The main ingredient of Macuhealth is meso-zeaxanthin which is an isomer of lutein, combined with lutein and zeaxanthin in very specific ratios for maximum absorption. Several studies by Bone and Landrum, Tolention, Nolan, Beatty and others tell us that:
It turns out that meso-zeaxanthin (MZ) is at the centre of the normal healthy macula, not lutein like it was previously believed.
Our bodies normally turn lutein in MZ and send it straight to the macula but in AMD that conversion process is not functioning well.
There is a decrease in MZ in the macular pigment with age, and in smokers, and definitely also in people with AMD.
MZ does not come readily from the diet so it is not regularly consumed, and should be taken as a supplement. Supplementing with Macuhealth can replenish the MZ levels in the macula.
There is fairly strong evidence from different sources that formulas based on the AREDS studies should not be taken until further notice. There are problems with the Beta-carotene, the zinc, the vitamin E. The AREDS study has recommendations that cannot be supported. The study has serious flaws in it. For example, note that AREDS formulas contain Zinc and Awh et al.'s ground breaking study convincingly demonstrates that patients with certain genes for AMD do far worse taking zinc than taking antioxidants alone or a placebo.
If you are interested in more information, please call our office.
We are very happy to announce that we are now carrying NutraSea brand Omega 3 Fish oil capsules from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. They are very high quality in that:
They have done a good job of getting all the toxins out.